Parents, educators fight to stop cuts to Portsmouth schools budget

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 8:01 AM

PORTSMOUTH - Emotions are running high in Portsmouth as parents and educators fight to stop cuts in the school budget.

“Keep my babies off your chopping block because there's nothing I won't do to fight for them and the teachers that carry the burdens because it's not ya'll.  You go home and you're at peace. These teachers buy supplies for these children and you want to cut them?," questioned Kindrell Devin during Tuesday night's Council meeting.

It was a packed house, so the overflow crowd waited in the lobby of Portsmouth City Hall. Educators say they face losing $5 million from the school budget budget.  

The School Board requested $15 million in additional funding in its proposed $151 million budget. 

Middle school teacher Darianne Dolewski and her friends said are worried about the future of the schools.

“Money gone, less teachers, crowded classrooms no teacher raises, a lot on the line," she said.  "This is our first year in Portsmouth.  We love it and we want to show our support and we want things to be better.”

City Council has about a month to finalize its budget.

Click here to see the proposed FY2014 budget for the City of Portsmouth.

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